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It very well may be — we were intrigued by its capabilities during the keynote. But Apple was less ready to publicize that the original Siri app would be pulled from the App Store.
It makes sense — if you want what is now a proprietary Apple technology, you have to buy an Apple product. That’s well within Apple’s rights.
This doesn’t change the fact that Siri used to be readily available to the public via the App Store, and plenty of people downloaded it. Bad news for those folks — Apple is pulling the plug on the servers that handle Siri requests on October 15th.
This strikes us as hypocritical. Apps that are legitimately downloaded before being removed from the App Store still function on your device exactly as they should — consider the example of VLC Media Player. Despite being removed from the App Store in January, it still works beautifully for us to this day.
But because Apple doesn’t seem concerned about ensuring a continued positive user experience for those using the Siri app, it’s a different story. Siri users have a 10-day countdown starting now.
The whole thing smacks of a childish “No! Mine!” attitude.